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Why/Why Not (New California Poetry) (First Edition)

Ronk, Martha

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ISBN 10: 0520236238 / ISBN 13: 9780520236233
Published by University of California Press, 2003
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Berkeley: Univ. of California Press, 2003. First edition. First printing. Hardcover. Fine/issued without jacket. A new clean, tight copy. Shipped in well-padded box. Smoke-free shop. Bookseller Inventory # POETRY-01

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Title: Why/Why Not (New California Poetry) (First ...

Publisher: University of California Press

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Edition: 1st Edition...

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Why/Why Not presents a speaker caught in quandaries created by changing perspectives, fervors, and locales. Why do we act one way here and another there; why can't a mind stay made up; why do we hate and love at the same time; why does memory fade or insist; why does the ordinary seem so uncanny? These questions are captured in lines that collide and merge, in irreverent and offhand jibes, and in plaintive repetitions.

Why/Why Not moves across a vivid terrain—the stage of Hamlet, Phillip Marlowe's Los Angeles, Prague, paintings and gardens—to push through a tangle of ways to make sense of the world. Martha Ronk's poetic language is that of the everyday slightly skewed, as if pieces of an ordinary sentence were missing. Ronk's poems use the repetitive and the banal to explore ways in which language is intertwined with thought and experience.

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"In Ronk's book, language is in the mood for mischief, while still being acutely attentive to its own unreliability. We're pulled into this sparklingly original work where ordinariness veers coolly and equivocation beguiles. These gorgeously agile poems reveal us as our never-ready and always-ready selves."—Molly Bendall, author of Ariadne's Island

"Ronk, in her 'looking for/ the conjunction of the past and the present,' produces a poetry that questions the context of living, its arrangements, its decisions. Her sure-footed investigation is equaled by its prosody of progression/recursion in a particular lexicon of grace and elegance. Reader, find surprises in this lovely packet of poems."—Norma Cole, author of Spinoza in Her Youth

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